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GAO Report Criticizes HHS Secondary Use Protections

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

June 28, 2012

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report states the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has not adequately safeguarded personal health information when electronic prescribing data is used for secondary purposes, FierceHealthIT reports. The GAO report also says that the Office for Civil Rights has not done enough to enforce privacy and security mandates under HIPAA. Meanwhile, a Consumers Union and Center for Democracy and Technology report says health data protection laws are not keeping pace with changes in health IT.
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